Kicker Matt Prater suspended – A bullet dodged?

 

For the past five years, the Denver Broncos’ Matt Prater has been one of the best and most consistent kickers the NFL has to offer. Last season was no different, and Prater was the top kicker in fantasy football, boasting a field goal percentage of 96.2. He also converted each of his 75 extra point attempts – the most in a single season by a kicker in NFL history.

Because of his great season last year, Prater has found himself as the number-one rated kicker this year, with an average draft position of seventy-sixth overall in both Yahoo! And NFL.com fantasy leagues – that’s a pick in the first ten rounds in most standard redrafts, showing just how coveted the University of Central Florida product is.

But recent breaking news has detailed that the Denver kicker has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season, citing the reason as ‘drinking a few beers at home’. Whilst on the surface the offense may not seem all that offensive, Prater has been in the NFL’s alcohol program since August 2011 when he was arrested and charged with DUI – his second in three years – hence the severity of his punishment.

“I’ve made some mistakes,” Prater said. “I’m accepting full responsibility. I’ll learn from it and come back as a better person. I want to apologise to my teammates, my coaches, the Broncos’ organisation, and the fans.” Who Prater didn’t mention in his apology speech were the fantasy players who had invested so highly in him, yet will be missing him for the first five weeks of the regular season; if you include Denver’s bye week which comes in Week 4.

However, in my league, I managed to avoid falling into the Prater trap. As the first player to draft a kicker, which happened in round 13, I decided against drafting the Broncos player, instead taking New England’s Stephen Gostkowski. That particular selection was down to a gut feeling, nothing else. And without a single regular season snap taken, that move already seems to be paying off. Although Gotskowski has only hit two of five field goal attempts this preseason, his status as one of the league’s top kickers still remains, and he should perform well enough to be a solid fantasy starter. For Matt Prater’s owners, however, the search for a replacement kicker begins.

Hoyer named starting quarterback for Browns in Week 1 – Fantasy implications

 

In what was probably the most talked about quarterback battle since Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in 2012, Brian Hoyer has managed to hold off first-round rookie Johnny Manziel and beat him out to take the Browns’ starting quarterback role in Week 1.

Cleveland’s head coach Mike Pettine commented on the matter: “He [Brian Hoyer] was the clear leader from the beginning. We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

If leadership was one of the key elements of Pettine’s decision, then ‘Johnny Football’ will have done himself no favours in Monday night’s 24-23 loss to Washington, when he gestured his middle finger toward the Redskins bench.

It certainly wasn’t a statistics-based call, as Manziel has more passing yards, touchdowns, rushing yards, and a higher quarterback rating than his counterpart through the first two games of the preseason – although it should be noted that Hoyer attempted seven less passes than Manziel, and is yet to have a rushing attempt.

Not only does the decision affect the Browns, but it also has an impact from a fantasy football perspective. The quarterback position this year is so deep, that Hoyer probably won’t be taken in most standard redrafts, but Manziel’s fantasy stock has been faring a little better. According to FantasyPros.com, Manziel has an average draft position (ADP) amongst quarterbacks 11 places higher than Hoyer. Overall, Hoyer’s ADP sees him missing the cut in standard 10, 12 and 14-team leagues, meaning that he will currently be available on waivers for any teams wanting to pick him up.

Hoyer is a backup fantasy football quarterback at best, and that probably only goes for two-quarterback leagues. But the fact that he may not even have the starting job by the time the starting fantasy QB has a bye week doesn’t bode well for his value and suggests that he should only be drafted in the deepest of leagues, if at all.

Although Johnny Football won’t be starting Week 1 – or at least that’s how it appears for now – his upside appears to be much greater than Hoyer’s. The veteran quarterback will probably be reliant on the Browns’ running game, and projects to hand the ball off to Ben Tate and Terrance West a lot. Manziel will probably have the running game as a cushion should he get a first-team opportunity, but the difference between Manziel and Hoyer is that the rookie can scramble and integrate himself into the running game. Hoyer is less mobile, and doesn’t really pose the same threat. With the Cleveland Browns being a run-first team, it isn’t likely that Brian Hoyer will be utilised in a fashion that will allow him to score many fantasy points.

Even though Manziel has a more diverse skill set, he should really be passed on in redraft leagues. It is unlikely that he’ll see enough time as a starter to make a fantasy impact this year, and if Josh Gordon gets a season-long suspension, then his receiving corps becomes diluted. Manziel is someone who should be taken in keeper leagues and dynasty though, because once he’s had a year to acclimatise to the NFL and hopefully, for Cleveland, has Josh Gordon back, Manziel’s stock will grow.

If you’re yet to draft, Hoyer will probably still be on the board when you enter the final round for your draft. Manziel’s ADP may drop slightly between now and the beginning of the regular season, but due to his popularity and potential, it wouldn’t be a surprise to still see him being taken as a late-round selection.

The Draft – Analysis and reaction

 

Full draft results can be found here!

 

After all the build-up, excitement, and anticipation, ‘The League’s’ draft took place on Sunday night (or the early hours of Monday morning if you’re with us in the United Kingdom) – and it didn’t disappoint. The selection of Adrian Peterson kicked off proceedings and we had 160 picks made over the span of 90 minures, finishing up with this league’s Mr Irrelevant – Delanie Walker.

Here are some takeaways from the draft:

1) Adrian Peterson, who else? – In almost every draft, Adrian Peterson is the first player off the board. I expected no different in our draft, and although the first pick was an autopick, Adrian Peterson was going off the board first, even if the player was present.

2) The Denver effect – The Denver Broncos had one of the all-time great offenses in 2013, and because of that, a lot of their players are being snapped up early in fantasy football drafts this year. Peyton Manning (pick 4), Montee Ball (pick 13), and Julius Thomas (pick 18) were all taken in the first two rounds. They are each expected to be one of the top players at their position, but they all exceeded their average draft position (ADP) in this particular draft.

3) And with the ninth pick in the draft… – Although the draft order was randomised an hour prior to the draft taking place, it was disappointing to receive the ninth overall pick – even if it was closely followed with pick number 12, which was the second selection of the second round.

4) So close, yet so far – With the draft position I received, I missed out on my two main first-round targets. One of them was Jamaal Charles, and the other was Eddie Lacy, who managed to fall to the eighth pick, which is the slot he was subsequently drafted – the selection right before mine. To make this draft even more frustrating, I planned on taking Andre Ellington with my fifth or sixth round pick, depending on how the draft played out, but someone reached for him in the fourth round and beat me to the punch. It happened with another couple of players, but none as frustrating as those two.

5) Reach for the stars – There were a lot of reaches in this draft, the notable ones being:  Peyton Manning (Round 1, pick 4), Montee Ball (Round 2, pick 13), Reggie Bush (Round 4, pick 31), Andre Ellington (Round 4, pick 39), and Greg Olsen (Round 6, pick 57). Although a number of players were taken early, a ten-team draft is more forgiving, as the quality of each team’s depth is better than you would find in a 12 or 14-team league.

6) Seahawks fly off the board – In every mock and real draft I’ve been in so far, the Seahawks D/ST has flown off the board well ahead of every other defensive unit. This draft was no different. They were taken in round nine – three whole rounds before the Broncos D/ST (the second D/ST taken) were drafted. It is unlikely, but if the Seahawks don’t finish the season as projected, then they could go down as a draft bust.

7) Running back is hardly a deep position – I noticed this after the top tier of running backs came off the board. There seem to be plenty of quality pass catchers available throughout the draft, but when it came to my pick in the third round after drafting tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in rounds one and two, there was no running back of value to draft. The only promising backs remaining were Reggie Bush, Andre Ellington, Ben Tate, and Trent Richardson – but none of them, in my eyes, were worth a third round pick.

8) Shallow and overrated – After the cream of the crop at running back are a largely overrated group. To me, Reggie Bush, Ben Tate and Ryan Matthews aren’t fourth round picks, and Rashad Jennings isn’t a seventh rounder in my eyes – even if they do all play a valuable position in fantasy football. That’s not something I can state categorically though, because the season hasn’t actually started yet.

 

After looking at the draft as a whole, here is a recap, and some of my thoughts on my own team. I present to you the 2014 Salford Bloggers!

 

Round 1 – Jimmy Graham, TE, NO

Round 2 – Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN

Round 3 – Randall Cobb, WR, GB

Round 4 – Victor Cruz, WR, SEA

Round 5 – Percy Harvin, WR, SEA

Round 6 – Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ

Round 7 – Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN

Round 8 – Tony Romo, QB, DAL

Round 9 – Danny Woodhead, RB, SD

Round 10 – Philip Rivers, QB, SD

Round 11 – Jordan Reed, TE, WSH

Round 12 – Broncos D/ST, D/ST

Round 13 – Stephen Gotskowski, K, NE

Round 14 – Rams D/ST, D/ST

Round 15 – Steven Hauschka, K, SEA

Round 16 – Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA

 

Once the draft had finished and I was redirected back to the league office, I realised that I wasn’t over the moon about how my draft went. I do feel that I have a strong team, but the glaring weakness is at the running back position. Having the ninth overall pick put me in a frustrating spot, and I felt that Jimmy Graham was a safer pick than Arian Foster or Doug Martin in the first round. In the second round, Demaryius Thomas was more tempting than both Montee Ball and Le’Veon Bell, and both were gone by the time I was on the clock for my third pick. Because of this, I ended up taking my first running back – Chris Johnson – in round six. Johnson could be the key to my success, because if he plays well and gets enough fantasy points, then my biggest problem is eliminated.

One thing I did love about my team, however, is the roster depth. I have players to fill in on bye weeks, or to replace starters if anyone under performs. Part of my strategy was to draft quality backups so not only would I have adequate replacements, but I have trade ammunition if I need to make moves in the season. As it is a ten-team league, I didn’t have to compromise starting quality for depth, so my strategy seemed to pan out.

Overall, I am pleased with my roster. I definitely feel that running back could do with an upgrade, but that’s something I may be able to solve after seeing how the players perform over the first few weeks of the regular season. Roll on Week 1!

‘The League’ – Full 16-Round Draft Results

 

That’s it! The draft is done and dusted. Here is a full list of the players in draft order, which was randomly determined prior to the draft:

1) Team AZ Fixitmen (JT Fuller)

2) Team Zachrich (Trevor Zachrich)

3) Team apachefootball (Smack Attack)

4) Dallas Cowboyz2014 (Eddie Haile)

5) Barnyard Gems (Doug Hinton)

6) Wigan Warriors (Jack Sanderson)

7) Kardac Kids srm (Sam Marsola)

8) La Linea Lineman (Nicholas Balfour)

9) Salford Bloggers (Tom Woods – Me!)

10) Abergele JETS (Mark Roberts)

 

And here are the full results of the draft for ‘The League’:

Round 1

Pick #1 – Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN

Pick #2 – LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI

Pick #3 – Jamaal Charles, RB, KC

Pick #4 – Peyton Manning, QB, DEN

Pick #5 – Matt Forte, RB, CHI

Pick #6 – Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA

Pick #7 – Calvin Johnson, WR, DET

Pick #8 – Eddie Lacy, RB, GB

Pick #9 – Jimmy Graham, TE, NO (My Pick)

Pick #10 – Arian Foster, RB, HOU

 

Round 2

Pick #11 – Doug Martin, RB, TB

Pick #12 – Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN (My Pick)

Pick #13 – Montee Ball, RB, DEN

Pick #14 – Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB

Pick #15 – Drew Brees, QB, NO

Pick #16 – A.J. Green, WR, CIN

Pick #17 – Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI

Pick #18 – Julius Thomas, TE, DEN

Pick #19 – Dez Bryant, WR, DAL

Pick #20 – DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL

 

Round 3

Pick #21 – Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT

Pick #22 – Julio Jones, WR, ATL

Pick #23 – Jordy Nelson, WR, GB

Pick #24 – Zac Stacy, RB, STL

Pick #25 – Alfred Morris, RB, WSH

Pick #26 – Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE

Pick #27 – Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN

Pick #28 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI

Pick #29 – Randall Cobb, WR, GB (My Pick)

Pick #30 – Antonio Brown, WR, PIT

 

Round 4

Pick #31 – Reggie Bush, RB, DET

Pick #32 – Victor Cruz, WR, NYG (My Pick)

Pick #33 – Andre Johnson, WR, HOU

Pick #34 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI

Pick #35 – Vincent Jackson, WR, TB

Pick #36 – Pierre Garcon, WR, WSH

Pick #37 – C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF

Pick #38 – Matthew Stafford, QB, DET

Pick #39 – Andre Ellington, RB, ARI

Pick #40 – Keenan Allen, WR, SD

 

Round 5

Pick #41 – Roddy White, WR, ATL

Pick #42 – Cam Newton, QB, CAR

Pick #43 – Wes Welker, WR, DEN

Pick #44 – Torrey Smith, WR, BAL

Pick #45 – Frank Gore, RB, SF

Pick #46 – Ryan Mathews, RB, SD

Pick #47 – Ben Tate, RB, CLE

Pick #48 – Michael Crabtree, WR, SF

Pick #49 – Percy Harvin, WR, SEA (My Pick)

Pick #50 – DeSean Jackson, WR, WSH

 

Round 6

Pick #51 – Andrew Luck, QB, IND

Pick #52 – Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ (My Pick)

Pick #53 – Michael Floyd, WR, ARI

Pick #54 – Trent Richardson, RB, IND

Pick #55 – Vernon Davis, TE, SF

Pick #56 – Robert Griffin III, QB, WSH

Pick #57 – Greg Olsen, TE, CAR

Pick #58 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF

Pick #59 – Ray Rice, RB, BAL

Pick #60 – Nick Foles, QB, PHI

 

Round 7

Pick #61 – Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC

Pick #62 – Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG

Pick #63 – Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI

Pick #64 – Julian Edelman, WR, NE

Pick #65 – Joique Bell, RB, DET

Pick #66 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN

Pick #67 – Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF

Pick #68 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND

Pick #69 – Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN (My Pick)

Pick #70 – Steven Jackson, RB, ATL

 

Round 8

Pick #71 – Jason Witten, TE, DAL

Pick #72 – Tony Romo, QB, DAL (My Pick)

Pick #73 – Stevan Ridley, RB, NE

Pick #74 – Shane Vereen, RB, NE

Pick #75 – Reggie Wayne, WR, IND

Pick #76 – Kendall Wright, WR, TEN

Pick #77 – Marques Colston, WR, NO

Pick #78 – Fred Jackson, RB, BUF

Pick #79 – Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE

Pick #80 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN

 

Round 9

Pick #81 – Golden Tate, WR, DET

Pick #82 – Mike Wallace, WR, MIA

Pick #83 – Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA

Pick #84 – Seahawks, D/ST, D/ST

Pick #85 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN

Pick #86 – Pierre Thomas, RB, NO

Pick #87 – Eric Decker, WR, NYJ

Pick #88 – Matt Ryan, QB, ATL

Pick #89 – Danny Woodhead, RB, SD (My Pick)

Pick #90 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK

 

Round 10

Pick #91 – Terrance Williams, WR, DAL

Pick #92 – Philip Rivers, QB, SD (My Pick)

Pick #93 – DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR

Pick #94 – Tom Brady, QB, NE

Pick #95 – Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC

Pick #96 – Riley Cooper, WR, PHI

Pick #97 – Darren Sproles, RB, PHI

Pick #98 – Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND

Pick #99 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU

Pick #100 – Khiry Robinson, RB, NO

 

Round 11

Pick 101 – Anquan Boldin, WR, SF

Pick #102 – Andy Dalton, QB, CIN

Pick #103 – Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ

Pick #104 – Jay Cutler, QB, CHI

Pick #105 – Russell Wilson, QB, SEA

Pick #106 – Lamar Miller, RB, MIA

Pick #107 – Antonio Gates, TE, SD

Pick #108 – Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL

Pick #109 – Jordan Reed, TE, WSH (My Pick)

Pick #110 – Danny Amendola, WR, NE

 

Round 12

Pick #111 – Greg Jennings, WR, MIN

Pick #112 – Broncos D/ST, D/ST (My Pick)

Pick #113 – Justin Hunter, WR, TEN

Pick #114 – Donald Brown, RB, SD

Pick #115 – Steve Smith, WR, BAL

Pick #116 – Carlos Hyde, RB, SF

Pick #117 – Rueben Randle, WR, NYG

Pick #118 – Mike Evans, WR, TB

Pick #119 – Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL

Pick #120 – Shonn Greene, RB, TEN

 

Round 13

Pick #121 – Darren McFadden, RB, OAK

Pick #122 – Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC

Pick #123 – Bengals D/ST, D/ST

Pick #124 – Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI

Pick #125 – Brandin Cooks, WR, NO

Pick #126 – Mark Ingram, RB, NO

Pick #127 –Terrance West, RB, CLE

Pick #128 – Panthers D/ST, D/ST

Pick #129 – Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE (My Pick)

Pick #130 – Christine Michael, RB, SEA

 

Round 14

Pick #131 – Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN

Pick #132 – Rams D/ST, D/ST (My Pick)

Pick #133 – James Starks, RB, GB

Pick #134 – Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB

Pick #135 – LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT

Pick #136 Patriots D/ST, D/ST

Pick #137 – Matt Prater, K, DEN

Pick #138 – Dexter McCluster, WR, TEN

Pick #139 – 49ers D/ST, D/ST

Pick #140 – Cardinals D/ST, D/ST

 

Round 15

Pick #141 – Justin Tucker, K, BAL

Pick #142 – Tavon Austin, WR, STL

Pick #143 – Miles Austin, WR, CLE

Pick #144 – Tre Mason, RB, STL

Pick #145 – James White, RB, NE

Pick #146 – Chiefs D/ST, D/ST

Pick #147 – Bills D/ST, D/ST

Pick #148 – Josh Gordon, WR, CLE

Pick #149 – Steven Hauschka, K, SEA (My Pick)

Pick #150 – Mason Crosby, K, GB

 

Round 16

Pick #151 – Buccaneers D/ST, D/ST

Pick #152 – Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA (My Pick)

Pick #153 – Blair Walsh, K, MIN

Pick #154 – Adam Vinatieri, K, IND

Pick #155 – Phil Dawson, K, SF

Pick #156 – Dan Bailey, K, DAL

Pick #157 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT

Pick #158 – Shayne Graham, K, NO

Pick #159 – Nick Novak, K, SD

Pick #160 – Delanie Walker, TE, TEN

 

Check back tomorrow for full analysis and draft reaction!

Draft day is here!

 

The countdown is almost over, and the excitement is building with The League’s draft just over twenty minutes away. I hope to have the results, along with analysis of the draft and my team up as soon after the draft as possible; so check back later tonight to see how everything went!

 

‘The League’ Draft – Draft Order

1) Team AZ Fixitmen (JT Fuller)

2) Team Zachrich (Trevor Zachrich)

3) Team apachefootball (Smack Attack)

4) Dallas Cowboyz2014 (Eddie Haile)

5) Barnyard Gems (Doug Hinton)

6) Wigan Warriors (Jack Sanderson)

7) Kardac Kids srm (Sam Marsola)

8) La Linea Lineman (Nicholas Balfour)

9) Salford Bloggers (Tom Woods – Me!)

10) Abergele JETS (Mark Roberts)

 

Good luck to everyone drafting!

 

My brief fantasy football history: Part II – 2012

 

2011 set me up for 2012. I finally understood how fantasy football worked, and I was able to go into my second-ever fantasy draft with a better approach than the year before. Once the date was set, I began doing a little prep work for the draft and then seemed to leave it at that. I did no prep last year and got to the championship game, so I don’t need to do that much, right? Wrong.

Anyway, draft day finally arrived, and here’s who I picked up:

 

Round 1 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI

Round 2 – Cam Newton, QB, CAR

Round 3 – Percy Harvin, WR, MIN

Round 4 – Roy Helu, RB, WSH

Round 5 – Antonio Brown, WR, PIT

Round 6 – DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI

Round 7 – C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF

Round 8 – Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE

Round 9 – Andy Dalton, QB, CIN

Round 10 – Jets D/ST

Round 11 – Bills D/ST

Round 12 – Dan Bailey, K, DAL

Round 13 – Pierre Thomas, RB, NO

Round 14 – Nate Washington, WR, TEN

Round 15 – Dexter McCluster, RB, KC

Round 16 – Kevin Smith, RB, DET

Round 17 – Marcedes Lewis, TE, JAC

 

Honestly – I wasn’t really happy with this roster. But just one week after the draft, I made a trade which turned my roster from ‘average’ to ‘good’. Following seven-days of deliberation, I offered one team my second-round pick Cam Newton and my sixth-round pick DeSean Jackson for QB Tony Romo and WR Brandon Marshall. Thankfully, the trade was accepted, and I was richer for it. As it turned out, there wasn’t much of a difference between Newton and Romo, so it was a like-for-like swap in that respect. But when it came to the wide receivers in the trade, DeSean Jackson was dealt again in October by the team I traded him to thanks to under-performance, and then he was dropped in November after being placed on injured reserve. Brandon Marshall, on the other hand, finished the season with over 1,500 yards as the second-best wide receiver behind Calvin Johnson.

Immediately, the dividends of the trade paid off and I won my first game, opening up the season 1-0. But elation quickly turned to panic as a four-game skid landed me at 1-4, far from a playoff slot. I needed to do something to stop the slide, because my season was in danger of being over before it had ever really got going. To make matters worse there weren’t really any upgrades on waivers, and I couldn’t find a trade partner.

My team alternated the next four games; a win, a loss, win, loss to leave me at 3-6. Things really weren’t looking good at this point. To have any chance of making the playoffs, I needed to win my three remaining regular season games and have other results go my way – and that’s exactly how it played out. I won three straight, and in the final week of the regular season, my rival for the second wild card spot lost before all my players had finished. All I needed to do was secure the victory to qualify for the playoffs – and that’s exactly what Tony Romo, Brandon Marshall and company did.

Unfortunately, I came up against a better team in the first round, and bowed out unceremoniously. I still class this season as a success though, because a poor draft and even poorer early season form could’ve cost me. But I managed to turn it around and qualify for the playoffs for the second time in two attempts.

Mock Draft – Version 2.0

 

Here are the results of the second mock draft I did ahead of Sunday’s draft, using ESPN’s draft client. It was a 12-team draft, as opposed to the real thing which will only have ten-teams. For the results of the first mock draft, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

For this mock draft, I was randomly assigned the third overall selection.

 

Round 1

Pick #1 – Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN

Pick #2 – LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI

Pick #3 – Jamaal Charles, RB, KC (My Pick)

Pick #4 – Matt Forte, RB, CHI

Pick #5 – Eddie Lacy, RB, GB

Pick #6 – Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA

Pick #7 – Calvin Johnson, WR, DET

Pick #8 – Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN

Pick #9 – Doug Martin, RB, TB

Pick #10 – Peyton Manning, QB, DEN

Pick #11 – Zac Stacy, RB, STL

Pick #12 – Jimmy Graham, TE, NO

 

Round 2

Pick #13 – DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL

Pick #14 – Arian Foster, RB, HOU

Pick #15 – A.J. Green, WR, CIN

Pick #16 – Dez Bryant, WR, DAL

Pick #17 – Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN

Pick #18 – Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB

Pick #19 – Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI

Pick #20 – Drew Brees, QB, NO

Pick #21 – Julio Jones, WR, ATL

Pick #22 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI (My Pick)

Pick #23 – Montee Ball, RB, DEN

Pick #24 – Andre Johnson, WR, HOU

 

Round 3

Pick #25 – Randall Cobb, WR, GB

Pick #26 – Jordy Nelson, WR, GB

Pick #27 – Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT (My Pick)

Pick #28 – Alfred Morris, RB, WSH

Pick #29 – Antonio Brown, WR, PIT

Pick #30 – Keenan Allen, WR, SD

Pick #31 – Julius Thomas, TE, DEN

Pick #32 – Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE

Pick #33 – Reggie Bush, RB, DET

Pick #34 – Pierre Garcon, WR, WSH

Pick #35 – Trent Richardson, RB, IND

Pick #36 – Ben Tate, CLE, RB

 

Round 4

Pick #37 – Vincent Jackson, WR, TB

Pick #38 – Michael Crabtree, WR, SF

Pick #39 – Andre Ellington, RB, ARI

Pick #40 – Frank Gore, RB, SF

Pick #41 – Matthew Stafford, QB, DET

Pick #42 – Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI

Pick #43 – Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG

Pick #44 – Ray Rice, RB, BAL

Pick #45 – Ryan Mathews, RB, SD

Pick #46 – Victor Cruz, WR, NYG (My Pick)

Pick #47 – Andrew Luck, QB, IND

Pick #48 – DeSean Jackson, WR, WSH

 

Round 5

Pick #49 – C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF

Pick #50 – Roddy White, WR, ATL

Pick #51 – Percy Harvin, WR, SEA (My Pick)

Pick #52 – Cam Newton, QB, CAR

Pick #53 – Wes Welker, WR, DEN

Pick #54 – Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI

Pick #55 – Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC

Pick #56 – Torrey Smith, WR, BAL

Pick #57 – T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND

Pick #58 – Vernon Davis, TE, SF

Pick #59 – Michael Floyd, WR, ARI

Pick #60 – Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ

 

Round 6

Pick #61 – Julian Edelman, WR, NE

Pick #62 – Robert Griffin III, WB, WSH

Pick #63 – Steven Jackson, RB, ATL

Pick #64 – Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE

Pick #65 – Joique Bell, RB, DET

Pick #66 – Shane Vereen, RB, NE

Pick #67 – Terrance Williams, WR, DAL

Pick #68 – Stevan Ridley, RB, NE

Pick #69 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN

Pick #70 – Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN (My Pick)

Pick #71 – Reggie Wayne, WR, IND

Pick #72 – Nick Foles, QB, PHI

 

Round 7

Pick #73 – Jason Witten, TE, DAL

Pick #74 – Marques Colston, WR, NO

Pick #75 – Golden Tate, WR, DET (My Pick)

Pick #76 – Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF

Pick #77 – Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF

Pick #78 – Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA

Pick #79 – Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK

Pick #80 – Seahawks D/ST

Pick #81 – Matt Ryan, QB, ATL

Pick #82 – Fred Jackson, RB, BUF

Pick #83 – Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN

Pick #84 – Pierre Thomas, RB, NO

 

Round 8

Pick #85 – Kendall Wright, WR, TEN

Pick #86 – Mike Wallace, WR, MIA

Pick #87 – Eric Decker, WR, NYJ

Pick #88 – Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL

Pick #89 – Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL

Pick #90 – Riley Cooper, WR, PHI

Pick #91 – Jay Cutler, QB, CHI

Pick #92 – Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC

Pick #93 – Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ

Pick #94 – Dennis Pitta, WR, BAL (My Pick)

Pick #95 – Greg Olsen, TE, CAR

Pick #96 – Danny Woodhead, RB, SD

 

Round 9

Pick #97 – Darren Sproles, RB, PHI

Pick #98 – DeAngelo Williams, RB, CR

Pick #99 – Tony Romo, QB, DAL (My Pick)

Pick #100 – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU

Pick #101 – Khiry Robinson, RB, NO

Pick #102 – Lamar Miller, RB, MIA

Pick #103 – Danny Amendola, WR, NE

Pick #104 – Terrance West, RB, CLE

Pick #105 – Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC

Pick #106 – Mark Ingram, RB, NO

Pick #107 – Russell Wilson, QB, SEA

Pick #108 – Tom Brady, QB, NE

 

Round 10

Pick #109 – Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND

Pick #110 – Tre Mason, RB, CHI

Pick #111 – Steve Smith, WR, BAL

Pick #112 – Shonn Greene, RB, TEN

Pick #113 – Philip Rivers, QB, SD

Pick #114 – Knile Davis, RB, KC

Pick #115 – Greg Jennings, WR, MIN

Pick #116 – Darren McFadden, RB, OAK

Pick #117 – Christine Michael, RB, SEA

Pick #118 – Mike Evans, WR, TB (My Pick)

Pick #119 – Donald Brown, RB, SD

Pick #120 – Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN

 

Round 11

Pick #121 – LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT

Pick #122 – Justin Hunter, WR, TEN

Pick #123 – Broncos D/ST (My Pick)

Pick #124 – Panthers D/ST

Pick #125 – Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN

Pick #126 – James Jones, WR, OAK

Pick #127 – 49ers, D/ST

Pick #128 – Brandin Cooks, WR, NO

Pick #129 – Carlos Hyde, RB, SF

Pick #130 – James Starks, RB, GB

Pick #131 – Cardinals D/ST

Pick #132 – Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT

 

Round 12

Pick #133 – Bengals D/ST

Pick #134 – Latavius Murray, RB, OAK

Pick #135 – Jordan Reed, TE, WSH

Pick #136 – Rams D/ST

Pick #137 – Chiefs D/ST

Pick #138 – C.J. Anderson, RB, DEN

Pick #139 – Patriots D/ST

Pick #140 – Roy Helu, RB, WSH

Pick #141 – Andre Williams, RB, NYG

Pick #142 – Matt Prater, K, DEN (My Pick)

Pick #143 – Bills D/ST

Pick #144 – Rueben Randle, WR, NYG

 

Round 13

Pick #145 – Andy Dalton, QB, CIN

Pick #146 – Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE

Pick #147 – Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL (My Pick)

Pick #148 – Tavon Austin, WR, STL

Pick #149 – Justin Tucker, K, BAL

Pick #150 – Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR

Pick #151 – Mason Crosby, K, GB

Pick #152 – Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI

Pick #153 – Eli Manning, QB, NYG

Pick #154 – Stevie Johnson, WR, SF

Pick #155 – Stephen Hauschka, K, SEA

Pick #156 – Phil Dawson, K, SF

 

Round 14

Pick #157 – Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB

Pick #158 – Charles Clay, TE, MIA

Pick #159 – Adam Vinatieri, K, IND

Pick #160 – Nick Novak, K, SD

Pick #161 – Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE

Pick #162 – Blair Walsh, K, MIN

Pick #163 – Dan Bailey, K, DAL

Pick #164 – Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT

Pick #165 – Carson Palmer, QB, ARI

Pick #166 – Zach Ertz, TE, PHI (My Pick)

Pick #167 – Jonathan Dwyer, RB , ARI

Pick #168 – Jordan Todman, RB, JAC

 

Round 15

Pick #169 – Buccaneers D/ST

Pick #170 – Ka’Deem Carey, RB, CHI

Pick #171 – Marqise Lee, WR, JAC (My Pick)

Pick #172 – Nick Folk, K, NYJ

Pick #173 – Brandon LaFell, WR, NE

Pick #174 – Josh McCown, QB, TB

Pick #175 – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN

Pick #176 – Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL

Pick #177 – Doug Baldwin, WR, SEA

Pick #178 – Texans D/ST

Pick #179 – Mike James, RB, TB

Pick #180 – Chris Polk, RB, PHI

 

Round 16

Pick #181 – Joe Flacco, QB, BAL

Pick #182 – Marcel Reece, RB, NYG

Pick #183 – Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA

Pick #184 – Kenny Stills, WR, NO

Pick #185 – Robbie Gould, K, CHI

Pick #186 – Robert Turbin, RB, SEA

Pick #187 – Delanie Walker, TE, TEN

Pick #188 – Saints D/ST

Pick #189 – Antonio Gates, TE, SD

Pick #190 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR (My Pick)

Pick #191 – Denarius Moore, WR, OAK

Pick #192 – Shayne Graham, K, NO

 

Takeaways

First-round material? – One thing which surprised me about this draft was that Demaryius Thomas was taken in the first round with the eighth overall pick. This is the first time that I’ve seen the Broncos wide receiver taken before round two. It may be an unpopular selection, but Thomas has the opportunity to be just as good, if not better than Calvin Johnson this year. Don’t forget, he’ll still have Peyton Manning feeding him the ball.

Making the case for Arian Foster – It is understandable that in my first two mock drafts, Arian Foster has been taken in the second round, due to his recent injury troubles. But I wouldn’t hesitate to draft him in the first round if my first choice targets were taken. Foster has first-round talent, and will probably be the centrepiece of an offense, whose signal caller is Ryan Fitzpatrick. To make things even better for Foster’s fantasy potential, Ben Tate signed for Cleveland in the offseason, which means if Foster stays healthy, he should see plenty of the ball.

Last round steals – With my own selection in the last round, I chose Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin has the opportunity to become a real red zone threat for the Panthers, after the bulk of their receiving corps left in the offseason. Also, taken with the last-round pick prior to Benjamin was San Diego’s Antonio Gates. Gates didn’t impress last season, and he is 34, but he has always had good chemistry with quarterback Philip Rivers, and even if he gets 700-800 yards and a handful of touchdowns, he will be good value in the final round of the draft.

 

My Team

 

Round 1 – Jamaal Charles, RB, KC

Round 2 – Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI

Round 3 – Le’Veon Bell, RB, PIT

Round 4 – Victor Cruz, WR, NYG

Round 5 – Percy Harvin, WR, SEA

Round 6 – Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN

Round 7 – Golden Tate, WR, DET

Round 8 – Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL

Round 9 – Tony Romo, QB, DAL

Round 10 – Mike Evans, WR, TB

Round 11 – Broncos D/ST

Round 12 – Matt Prater, K, DEN

Round 13 – Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL

Round 14 – Zach Ertz, TE, PHI

Round 15 – Marquise Lee, WR, JAC

Round 16 – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR